What Do We Mean by Special Needs Adoption?

What Do We Mean by Special Needs Adoption?


Special needs is a poorly understood term in adoption. What are special need adoptions? Who should consider this option?


Intended Audience:

This course is designed for adoption professionals and pre/post-adoptive families.

1- Hour Online Audio Course (Certificate of completion will be immediately awarded upon successful completion of the course including passing a 10 question quiz with a grade of 80%)

Course Overview:

Special needs is a poorly understood term in adoption.  What are special need adoptions? Who should consider this option? In this course, Susan Watson, Director at Spence-Chapin Adoption Services in New York City; Martha Osborne, Executive Director of Rainbow Kids; and Nancy Fox, Director of Americans for International Aid & Adoption, discusses common special needs and their treatments.

This course includes:

  • What is special needs adoption?
  • Are there different levels of special needs?
  • Is it possible to adopt a child with mild or medically correctable special needs?
  • Are foster care adoptions considered special needs adoption?
  • How can you get educated on the different types of special needs or handicapping conditions that a child may have?
  • What resources are available for learning about special needs and handicapping conditions.
  • How much health information will you get on a child you are considering adopting?
  • How much information will you get on the severity of the special need?
  • Is there a shorter wait to adopt a child with special needs?
  • Does it cost less to adopt a child with special needs?
  • What country has children with special needs available for adoption?

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